Wednesday, June 15, 2011

LAPTOP/DESKTOP COMPUTER is very slow?

FIXING A SLOW COMPUTER
A slow computer could be caused by a number of things ?
1. Insufficient RAM memory ? if your computer has less than 512Mb of RAM then increase it to at least 1Gb of RAM.
2. Registry problems ? clean and repair the registry, it will contain unused registry keys. Use a programs such as Registry Mechanic, Microsoft RegClean etc.
3. Uninstall/remove unused programs, this will also free up hard disk space.
4. Not enough hard disk space ? swap file space may need to be increased if Windows hasn?t been configured to manage it.
5. Install latest Windows updates.
6. Update virus definition files and scan computer for viruses, Trojans, malware etc.
7. Clear the Internet cache for faster browsing.
8. Hard disk maintenance is required at least once a month to keep it functioning efficiently.
Run the following programs -
Disk Cleanup - removes temporary files that are no longer used and
to recovers hard disk space.
Disk Defragmenter to make fragmented files into contiguous files and therefore the hard disk access is faster.
For instruction on hard disk maintenance,
HARD DISK MAINTENANCE
To remove redundant and temporary files, recover hard disk space and speed up hard disk access, thenhard disk maintenance should be done at least once a month.
Disk Cleanup should be done first - Click My Computer - then right click on the C drive then clickProperties, then click Disk Cleanup - let it examine the C drive then it will calculate the amount of disk space it will recover, tick all the boxes to recover the maximum disk space and then Click OK and thenYes to perform these actions. If you have a D drive then repeat these steps on this drive too.
Next the C drive needs to be Defrag. This process converts fragmented files into continuous files and this speeds up disk access and makes the hard disk not work as hard. Click on Start - All Programs -Accessories - System Tools - Disk Defragmenter ? click to highlight the C drive and click Analyse (can skip this) - then click Defragment.
When this is completed repeat these steps for the D Drive if you have a D drive.
Disk Cleanup and Defrag can take a long time to complete, especially if these tasks have not been for a long time.
DO NOT STOP THESE PROCESSES, LET THE COMPUTER COMPLETE THESE TASKS.
Next time when you run Disk Cleanup and Defrag to won't take as long.

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